Ratings and Reviews
Blends well with Windows & OSX versions but with some restrictions
Although it works in a Works in a different way from the standard desktop version it has an even more rapid interaction. It is inevitably designed for a smaller screen than a desktop or laptop but this is rarely a restriction.
Using Family Tree Maker is possible and this separate product is usually fit for purpose but it is necessary to take care when uploading or downloading between these products. It is too easy to suddenly increase the number of individual people through duplicates if the software cannot recognise such should be merged.
However in general this standalone app is easy to use and offers a superb ‘on the move’ facility that dovetails with the desktop version.
I haven’t found an easy way to access the Gallery facility on the IOS version and this can be a problem but overall the app is highly usable and to be welcomed.
Warning - the Ancestry app is addictive. Any spare moment and I ignore Facebook and the rest, going straight in to the lives and times of my ancestors. It is incredibly easy to see my family tree, to move around within it and then dive into the life of any individual. Click on the hints for that person and you are soon zooming in to parish records, census returns, passenger lists and a huge wealth of other documents. It is easy to call up the actual image to check - is this my family?
With just a moment to spare, I go straight in to the main hints section, where the strongest evidence is queued up waiting for my judgement. My ancestor? Yes, no, maybe. Click yes and a whole branch is added. Made a mistake and added the wrong spouse? It is easy to delete them and go back to check again from the original record. Hit a brick wall? Move on to another branch. Such fun, so many lives, so addictive!
Great app but some issues
I love this app; it’s addictive and interesting; allowing me to add to my family tree whenever and wherever it is convenient to me. There are a few issues however. Firstly, I tried to mention this in app but the feedback option refuses to send my message. This is not the first time this has happened; I’ve tried to raise these issues before but messages won’t send. The main issue is the connection to America; many of my family records are being connected to American records despite having no connection and nothing in their saved records to suggest a connection. This is frustrating when you are searching and only American records show up. The new map function shows this as multiple relatives are assigned to countries they never visited. My Great-Grandfather has his picture stuck on Argentina; a country he certainly never even visited. It’s a shame as this is annoying and I do love the app otherwise!
Developer Response ,
Thanks so much for taking a moment to send us feedback. I am sorry that the regular feedback mechanism did no work for you and we will take a closer look at it right away.
Have you seen the problem that you describe where you see American records with the new Search functionality that we released about a month ago? We had heard that the previous Search experience often leaned that way, but the new experience should be better...it also gives you more control, allowing you to set filters to help guide the results.
With the new Map feature we are attempting to show a marker where your family events occurred. Can you tap on the ones showing up in Argentina and evaluate the "location" text for the event? It may be that you simply need to adjust the text for that location to be more precise so that the geocoding can pick the correct latitude/longitude. I found that for my tree this gave me an opportunity to normalize my data.
Thanks again for your feedback, and if you'd like to continue this discussion, please email us at email@example.com.
- Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
- 210.1 MB
Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 Ancestry
- In-App Purchases
- U.S. Essentials £5.99
- U.S. Discovery £14.99
- World Explorer £25.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.